Our Saigon food tour kicks off with a short walk from the Opera House to the Old Market, passing architecture that transports you back in time with glimpses of the city’s past.
Don’t be fooled by its name – the forty year old ‘Old Market’ isn’t home to antiques. Instead, it’s full of food! Dozens of street vendors tempt locals with beloved local favourites like fresh spring rolls, green papaya salad, and Vietnamese savoury steamed rice cakes, just to name a few. Here, we’ll sample some authentic local appetizers, inhaling the spicy flavours of the street stalls, and watch as local life unfolds before your eyes in the heart of Saigon.
Our immersion into local life continues as we make our way to Mong Bridge for a unique view of a intersection of life in Saigon: watching the flow of the river at sunset, the stream of traffic at rush hour, and the juxtaposition of historical periods played out in the architecture. Cool, relaxing, and perhaps even romantic, it’s here that we’ll indulge in what just might be the most famous of Saigon’s street food: banh mi! This really is classic Saigon, so eat it up – it doesn’t get much better than this!
Oh wait…we aren’t done yet!
It wouldn’t be a true local experience without enjoying coffee the way Saigonese coffee aficionados do on a daily basis. We’ll head to a popular local hem of Saigon, with a misleading (read: run-down) façade that hides within it a gourmet coffee haven. We’ll show you the local style of taking your coffee and you’ll feel right at home!
Next up on our Saigon food adventure is another one of the city’s iconic street food dishes: com tam. This dish is one of the most popular and preferred dishes by Southerners, and you can find it everywhere from street stalls to fancy restaurants. What makes it so beloved is that the ingredients are so strikingly simple, yet the tastes and flavours are truly unforgettable (we promise).
From com tam we head for the Ben Thanh Night Market to pick up a Vietnamese che dessert, a sweet soup-pudding-beverage hybrid that’s crazy popular with locals.
We’ll cap off our Saigon street food tour with, what else, street beer! At this street beer stall we’ll outfit you with a cold Saigon beer and the chance to mingle with locals – not a bad way to end the evening, is it?!
We’ve reached the end, but your local guide is happy to provide tips for exploring the area further, or assist you in getting a taxi back to your accommodation.